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815 Broadway

Five-Story, 57,800-Square-Foot Office Conversion Planned At 815 Broadway, Bushwick

Property owner Transition Acquisitions is planning to convert the five-story, 57,800-square-foot former Globe Exchange Bank building, located at 815 Broadway in far-western Bushwick, into office space, Commercial Observer reports. The property is currently vacant and boasts 41,673 square feet of commercial space. According to the Schedule A, 15,600 square feet of retail space will span the ground floor, medical offices will be located in the cellar level, and the rest of the building will full-floor contain office spaces. Boaz Golani’s Bronx-based BMG Design Build is the architect of record. The current owner acquired the building in July of 2015 for $15.1 million and the conversion is expected to be complete in the spring of 2017.


Two Penn Plaza

BIG Plans Revealed For Two Penn Plaza Transformation

Among the numerous hulking eyesores in New York City, Two Penn Plaza manages to make a particularly negative impact, and its placement above Penn Station helps cement the latter’s status as an architectural failure. But now we have a first look at plans to transform the structure completely, created by Bjarke Ingels Group/BIG for developer Vornado.

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Industry City

Industry City’s Proposed Rezoning Will Include Retail, Two Hotels, But No Dormitory, Greenwood

A year ago, news broke that Jamestown, Belvedere Capital, and Angelo Gordon announced plans to infuse $1 billion to renovate and redevelopment parts of the the 16-building, six-million-square-foot industrial complex, dubbed Industry City, located west of the Gowanus Expressway, in Greenwood. Crain’s now reports the developers are scrapping plans to build a 150,000-square-foot student dormitory at the 32-acre site. The complex’s proposed rezoning still includes the construction of significant retail space and two hotel buildings. Renovation work currently under way includes new windows, elevators, and interiors, and the complex is presently home to manufacturing uses and office space of a variety of sorts. The developers expect to begin the city’s Urban Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) before 2017.


Construction Underway At Bottega Veneta’s 740 Madison Avenue Boutique, Upper East Side

Construction of the 24,000-square-foot Bottega Venetta boutique store is in full swing at the intersection of Madison Avenue and East 64th Street. The retailer will occupy 740 Madison Avenue along with 23 and 25 East 64th Street. It acquired the property from the Wildenstein family of international art dealers in the fourth most expensive lease of 2014, with an estimated rent of $8 million. Sitting one block east of Central Park and a few blocks north of the Billionaires’ Row rising along 57th Street, the site is within the Upper East Side Historic District, meaning that the developer had to engage in a delicate design and approval process before starting work on the three 19th century buildings.

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